Rev. Paul D. Minnihan, pastor of the Catholic Community of Pleasanton for the past six years, died on Sunday after a recent battle with aggressive cancer. He was 52.
The local Catholic community is set to honor Minnihan, whose service in Pleasanton included an earlier assignment as associate pastor, with funeral rites scheduled for next week.
"Fr. Paul engaged with the city of Pleasanton and the broader Tri-Valley community supporting many programs such as the Pleasanton Unified School District ESL program, AA & Al-Anon, fair housing, Kids Against Hunger and numerous others, using the church to give the community the opportunity to grow in service," said Rev. Kwame Assenyoh, associate pastor.
Pleasanton Mayor Jerry Thorne added, "Fr. Paul was a great comfort to me and my family upon the death of my wife Sandi last year. He was an asset to his community and a great leader of the Catholic Community Of Pleasanton."
Ordained as a priest for the Diocese of Oakland in 1993, Minnihan's first assignment after additional graduate studies was with CCOP as parochial vicar in 1994.
After other educational and pastoral experience, the Bishop of Oakland selected Minnihan to serve as first provost in 2006 for the yet-to-be-built Oakland Cathedral of Christ the Light, as well as to serve as the bishop of Oakland's master of ceremonies. As provost, he sat on the diocesan cathedral design team, held oversight of month-long dedication events and served as chief spokesman for the bishop.
Later, he was named as director of worship for the Diocese of Oakland in 2010.
In March 2013, Minnihan returned to Pleasanton, where his priestly journey began nearly two decades earlier, with new appointment as pastor of the Catholic Community of Pleasanton, which includes St. Augustine and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton churches. He held the position until his death on Sunday afternoon after a brief battle with aggressive cancer.
Minnihan's other ministry experience include prior service in Oakland, Moraga and El Cerrito. He also previously served on Priest Councils for the Diocese of Oakland and was California State Chaplain to the Knights of Columbus.
Minnihan is survived by his parents, Charlie and Marie Minnihan, his sister Jeanne Kierst and numerous cousins.
Funeral rites for Minnihan have been scheduled to begin next Thursday (March 7) with a vigil at 7:30 p.m. at St. Augustine Catholic Church at 3999 Bernal Ave. A funeral mass will take place next Friday (March 8) at 10:30 a.m. at St. Augustine, with a reception to follow in the parish hall. Committal will be held in private on Friday.
For more information on the upcoming services, visit the CCOP website at www.catholicsofpleasanton.org.